San Lorenzo Residents Don't Need to Worry About Fines for Dead Lawns Anymore

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought, and called for the conservation and management of the state’s water resources. 

READ: Governor Declares Drought Emergency in California

According to KTVU, some San Lorenzo residents could start receiving fines for not keeping their lawn green.

John Glisar, 55, received a citation from the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association that stated he could face fines between $100 to $1,000 if he doesn’t water his lawn.

“I’m going to water as much as I possible can,” Glisar said. 

Another San Lorenzo resident, Vanessa DeGuzman, has also received many citations; but to avoid more, she’s going to start watering her lawn. 

“I think it’s really ridiculous,” said DeGuzman. “We’re in a drought right now, time to cut back on water.” 

The Board president, Catherine Kavasch, wrote a letter to KTVU in response to the report stating: "our board has not yet met since Governor Brown released the State of Emergency Proclamation. We will be meeting with our community members to decide how to proceed under these drought conditions.  In the meantime, no new violation letters for dead lawns have been, or will be sent out."

According to a source who would like to remain anonymous, the Board is planning on doing a long term drought plan of action to help homeowners through the crisis.

"They are stepping up to be good leaders," said Michelle Clowser from San Lorenzo.

Mike January 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM
HOA folks are nosey busy-bodies who think they know how everyone else should live, and can't step up to the next level and get elected to political office. I hear Amazon has a 20% off sale on common sense right now, with free shipping to the lower 48.
MICHELLE CLOWSER January 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM
In San Lorenzo the hoa board "is" political office. They are elected and appointed volunteer homeowners and the San Lorenzo village was created as a unique community in 1946 for those who live there to govern themselves. There is no mayor. They are not a city. The hoa are the leaders with help from the county. When you buy into a San Lorenzo home you do so by agreeing to be bound by those rules so that the town can govern itself. Meetings are the third Thursday of every month at 730pm if anyone wants to talk over any town issue. 377 paseo grande.
Mike January 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM
I'm in Castro Valley, we aren't a city, nor do we have a mayor or HOA made up of "elected and appointed volunteer homeowners". The closest thing we have to any sort of pseudo government is the Chamber of Commerce and the Municipal Advisory Council. We do just fine this way, and I'm free to make the decision as a free thinking and logical grown up to conserve water during a drought all on my own, without the blessing or instruction of any body who may think they know better how others should live their lives.
Ken Martin January 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Amen, Mike. But we badly need an elected Municipal Advisory Council. The current board members, appointed by Nate Miley, don't necessarily represent the views of the residents of Castro Valley. Neither does Nate Miley, who primarily represents Ashland and Cherryland. Take a look at the new Community Center and Holland Park down there. All Castro Valley gets is $18 million wasted on the Boulevard which is still functionally the same as it was with a few non-functional aesthetic fru-fru's thrown in. All this money being thrown around and we can't even get decent sidewalks in a large part of Castro Valley!!


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